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        07-28-2013, 07:00 AM
      #11
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Saskia    
    Different instructors have different ways of teaching.

    Many students just want to be able to ride like they see on TV, or fast like their friends. To cater to this some instructors begin by moving people through pretty quickly, moving up paces once they have basic control and balance. This means that pretty soon the person might be cantering. However, is this student really riding, or just a passenger on a horse that knows what to do?

    Eventually, once a student has moved through enough the next step is to improve it, which I think is where a lot of people stop lessons.

    Then some instructors take a more skill based approach, working on and achieving competence as you go along. Even at the walk there is a lot to be learned; asking for a frame, extended walks, collected walks, flexion, turns, leg yielding, stopping and turning with seat. Then at the trot all of those things, and sitting and rising, adjusting paces, 2 point, stirrupless riding. Then there is riding in an arena, and riding out and I think a lot of people do spend a lot of time at walk/trot. I know when riding, I spend a lot of time at walk and trot. I guess I just feel that until I achieve what I want at the trot, there is no way I'll achieve it at the canter because to me the trot is in a way the easiest pace to achieve things in.

    So I don't know what level you should be at. I learned in the sort of "fast and imprecise" way, and spent years later having to learn everything else. I would have preferred to learn it all right in the first place. I think as long as each lesson you feel that you learn something, and that you have improved on things, then you're moving at a good speed.
    THIS! One of my friends said she took lessons for three years, and was galloping over jumps, then just quit because there was nothing exciting to learn after. I questioned her jumping ability, but she wasn't one to lie. I just wonder what trainer in this area would do that, seeing as how I'm going into my third year of lessons and haven't had any jumping lessons.
         
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        07-28-2013, 07:46 AM
      #12
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Kotori    
    THIS! One of my friends said she took lessons for three years, and was galloping over jumps, then just quit because there was nothing exciting to learn after. I questioned her jumping ability, but she wasn't one to lie. I just wonder what trainer in this area would do that, seeing as how I'm going into my third year of lessons and haven't had any jumping lessons.


    She may not have lied, but I sure as heck promise you she isn't a strong rider. 3 years of lessons is nothing....at all. Especially when it comes to equitation and jumping.
         
        07-30-2013, 01:03 AM
      #13
    Foal
    Well, I am in it for the long haul. My whole plan is to eventually own a horse just for trails. But the more I learn the more fun everything looks lol. I want to try doing small jumps, cross country, dressage, western hahaha. (Just for me, mind you, I have no desire to show.) So if I ever feel bored I'll try something else.

    And yes, I will hang onto my coach as long as possible! Especially after hearing what you all have to say :) Now I guess it's just up to me and how much talent I have at getting my body to do what I want. Lol Too bad determination doesn't build muscles on it's own! XD
         

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